Bloodstock by Rod Humphris/Blog Tour/RandomThingsTours@ AnneCater


After what feels like a lifetime of mayhem, Simon Ellice returns to the
Hampshire village where he grew up. He enjoys the solace and tranquillity
of rural life, working on a farm and getting to know the lively locals, but
suddenly Si walks right into a deadly mystery.
Old friends are going missing and then turning up dead. Someone from the
City is spreading their evil tentacles and Si dives into London’s underworld
to uncover a conspiracy of poisoning, murder and pagan ritual that
threatens those closest to him.
Written with Humphris’ razor-sharp style, this is Simon Ellice’s darkest and
most challenging adventure yet, touching on themes of sacrifice and
objectification, that threaten the very foundations of our civilised world


Charismatic, bold and a ruthless warrior, Simon Ellice slinks through the
world like a shark in a limpid pool.
Known simply as Si to friends and enemies, he doesn’t dwell on past
traumas, passing through life with a dry sense of humour and a death wish.


This was my first read of Rod’s work and being book four in a series it took a bit getting into. A bit of knowledge about the backstory would have been helpful. But Si{ the hero?} seems to fly by the seat of his pants I decided to do the same. And what a flight it was!  Si investigates the disappearances and subsequent murders of a number of aristocratic young women. It’s an intriguing story, which unfolds amid much speculation as to the true nature of the crime in question. Simon’s haphazard manner of investigation lands him in regular trouble, as do his dalliances with the women in his life.

The book covers a dark subject but is written with a sense of humour and very descriptive writing in which all characters are well drawn.

As I have said top quality, descriptive writing and a sometimes dark read shot through with a sense of humour takes the reader and the story on a meandering adventure which comes to a satisfying conclusion. I book I think you should invest in.


Rod Humphris is the author of a number of acclaimed thrillers. He is the
happiest and most productive when travelling about in his battered old
truck with a canoe in top and a dog in the back. He currently lives in Bath.
Rod Humphris is the winner of N. N. Light Best Fiction Award 2016

Other books in the series
Dead Ground, Book One, prequel
ISBN 9781999651701 (paperback)
Go Fast, Book Two
ISBN 9780993576140 (hardback)
ISBN 9780993576195 (paperback)
Starlight, Book Three
ISBN 9781999651718 (paperback

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